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Pneumonia Care Quality Reports

The lung illness pneumonia is a common health condition, and medical experts have developed several proven treatments to improve the care of patients with the disease.

Pneumonia Treatment Data

To treat this serious lung infection, we follow treatment plans that have been shown by medical research to save and improve lives.

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 data

Pneumonia Patients Given the Most Appropriate Initial Antibiotic(s)

  • MU Health Care average - 93%
  • Missouri average - 95%
  • U.S. average - 96%

Pneumonia Outcomes Data

In addition to collecting data on how well hospitals follow proven best treatments for treating pneumonia (which medical professional call "process measures" because they measure how well a hospital follows a proven "process," or treatment), CMS also measures the outcomes of the treatments.

To measure patients' outcomes, or the results of their treatment, CMS tracks 30-day mortality  rates and 30-day readmission rates. Please review the table below to see how we compare with our peers for each measurement of treatment outcomes.

30-Day Mortality Rate

For the pneumonia 30-day mortality rate measurement, CMS tracks the percentage of Medicare patients who die of any cause while in the hospital or within 30 days of leaving the hospital.

To evaluate hospitals' performance, CMS gathers the mortality rates of all hospitals and uses them to calculate an average mortality rate. To allow for statistical variation, the range of mortality rates considered average includes rates that may be higher or lower than the exact average rate.

Finally, CMS compares individual hospitals' mortality rates against the average mortality rate. If a hospital falls into the average range, it is considered "no different than the U.S. national rate." If a hospital's mortality rate is higher than the average range, it is considered "worse than the U.S. national rate." If a hospital's mortality rate is lower than the average range, it is considered "better than the U.S. national rate."

What MU Health Care is doing to improve
We have a team of physicians and quality improvement experts who examine all cases of pneumonia mortality.

30-Day Re-Admission Rate

For the pneumonia 30-day re-admission rate measurement, CMS tracks the percentage of Medicare patients who need to go back into a hospital within 30 days. If a hospital's re-admission rates are higher than average, it could mean that patients are being sent home too early or do not fully understand how to care for themselves after leaving the hospital.

To evaluate hospitals' performance, CMS gathers the re-admission rates of all hospitals and uses them to calculate an average re-admission rate. To allow for statistical variation, the range of re-admission rates considered average includes rates that may be higher or lower than the exact average rate.

Finally, CMS compares individual hospitals' re-admission rates against the average re-admission rate. If a hospital falls into the average range, it is considered "no different than the U.S. national rate." If a hospital's re-admission rate is higher than the average range, it is considered "worse than the U.S. national rate." If a hospital's re-admission rate is lower than the average range, it is considered "better than the U.S. national rate."

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